The evolution of killer dolls has taken many forms within the last 50 years in the American horror/supernatural genre. From the Twilight Zone’s Living Doll, Richard Attenborough’s Magic, to the most recent Annabelle series, much has changed. Yet the most notable of our beloved killer dolls remains to be the Child’s Play antagonist Charles Lee Ray, “Chucky”. Also known as the “Lakeshore Strangler”, Chucky has spawned seven movies, two short films, two comic series, and one iOS platform video game. And now, word is that Child’s Play will be making its television series debut.
Planned as an eight-part, hour-long series, Mancini tells Bloody Disgusting that Chucky will explore darker territories stating, “the tone is dark and disturbing”, saying “We want to definitely signal that we are going dark, darker than ever before. It’s going to be very creepy.” Mancini also expressed “We plan to use Child’s Play in the title.”
No stranger to television, Don Mancini’s credits also extend as writer/producer for Channel Zero as well as Hannibal. The Child’s Play franchise move to television should be as no surprise for those who follow Mancini’s work. Always willing to take the series in new directions, Mancini has made comments previously regarding Chucky’s narrative encroaching new territories. A prime example is the B-Movies Podcast, in which Mancini stated he’d like a crossover between Child’s Play and Nightmare on Elm Street titled, Freddy vs. Chucky.
Frequent collaborator David Kirschner has also been attached to the Child’s Play television series. Kirschner revealed that the series will not be a reboot, but rather a continuation from the latest film installment. Regarding his long-term professional relationship to Mancini, Kirschner states, “I don’t think there’s a relationship that lasted this long” he stated, “I’m incredibly excited about the series and to explore a world in which we’ve never done before. Don has taken the franchise in a wonderfully frightening direction,” Kirschner added. “He seems to outdo himself every time.” Kirschner acted as producer for Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky.
Horror fans have expressed positive feedback as the anticipation continues to grow as new developing details are published. Saving the best for last, Mancini also confirmed that Brad Dourif will reprise his role as the voice of the maniacal doll for the television series.
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